(1) Advance on Rome "With tremendous armies poised on all of Germany's borders, the signal is given the Allied armies to the south, to being their destruction of the Nazis in Italy. Protective smoke clouds veil intensive bombardments of Nazi positions by enormous concentrations of field guns, howitzers, mortars and machine guns. Heavy Allied equipment rumbles forward, helping to carve a path for the advances. The air cover is crushing in its effectiveness, some of the best precision bombing ever seen, is screened. The British break through the Gustav Line and capture destroyed Cassino, with the broken walls of the gutted Benedictine Abbey overshadowing the desolate scene below. Air pictures cause one to think he is flying over the ruined cities of ancient civilizations. French troops break through and capture Castelforte (little Cassino). The Americans push up the Tyrrhenian and engulf the Nazis in operations which resulted in a junction being effected with the troops from th Nazis beachhead. Thousands of Nazis are captured, and bedraggled natives return to their towns, to get in line at the soup kitchens. The allies seem infused with new fire and drive, the captured Nazis look dazed and war weary." (2) Devastation Of Berlin "From Nazi films we see the devastation that has been wrought in Berlin by the continuous Allied bombings. Herr Goebbels looks on in alarm." scenes of city ruins from captured German films. (partial newsreel)
July 4, 2006 Subject:
Poor visual quality mars this otherwise great footage of the Allies obliterating Casino in the drive on Rome. There is also some captured German film that depicts the destruction of Berlin.
February 13, 2006 Subject:
As the years since WWII accumulate, I feel all war year footage is of value. Films such as this add texture to memory.
May 23, 2005 Subject:
Too Dark to See
Newsreel stories from World War II documenting the invasion of Rome and the bombing of Berlin. These have historical value, but unfortunately, the print is so dark you can barely see things. This cuts down considerably on the value of this newsreel clip.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: *. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: **.